Guy M. Craig, Esq
Born in Queens, New York the last of four children. Overshadowed by three older sisters, as a child, I was more reserved and shy. My family moved in the early 70’s from Queens to Simsbury Connecticut, a small town north west of Hartford. I began to excel in athletics and music. This brought me out of the shadows of the big sisters. Early on in life family values and a strong work ethic were instilled in me. Education was a top priority. Throughout High School I ran track and played football while continuing to tenor saxophone in various bands. Growing up in the country I was taught the values of conservation, outdoor recreation, including skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, and love of animals both domestic and wild.
I went on to attend Hampton University in Hampton, Va., where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 1989. Growing up in in Hartford, Connecticut my father, worked in the insurance industry eventually becoming a Vice President of Claims. After Hampton University, I moved to New Jersey where I followed in my father’s footsteps and began a career in insurance. I worked for Prudential Insurance Company in a death claims unit. I quickly gained the trust of my superiors and was promoted into a large loss unit working a national accounts.
In 1994, I moved to Maryland where I worked for Nationwide Insurance Company, as a bodily injury adjuster. While at Nationwide I interacted directly with attorneys for both the insurance company and injured persons. It was during that time that I began thinking about law school. In 1998, I earned my J.D. from The University of Baltimore School of Law while continuing to work as an insurance adjuster. Shortly, after my first year in law school I was hired by Rollins, Smalkin, Richards, & Mackie as a law clerk. RSRM continues to be a top rated insurance defense firm in the State of Maryland. After passing the bar, I was hired on as an Associate at the law firm. Within weeks of passing the bar I had my first bench trial. At RSRM I was given the opportunity to try enormous amount of bench trials and began trying Circuit Court cases as well.
Eventually, I left RSRM and continued my insurance defense career as an associate attorney for the Law Office of Gerald F. Strachan, in house counsel for Ohio Casualty Insurance Company. I was at this law firm at its inception and I played an instrumental role in its development. This was Ohio Casualty’s first in-house firm in the state of Maryland. It was there that my legal career shifted from District Court to the Circuit Court. I also began taking on high exposure cases. I was able to hone my litigation skills as I was honored as being Attorney of the Year for the entire Company which had approximately 600 attorneys across the nation.
Ohio Casualty was bought out by Liberty Mutual sometime in 2007. I continued my career at Liberty Mutual as a Circuit Court trial attorney. Again, taking on large loss cases. I continued to sharpen my litigation skills handling a variety of cases including slip and fall, automobile accidents, and products liability. During this time I had the opportunity to depose experts in a variety of disciplines including medical, engineering, manufacturing and more.
In 2012, I joined a Plaintiff firm and began handling District and Circuit Court cases immediately. Eventually, leaving to start my own firm, two partnerships, and back to my solo, Law Office of Guy M. Craig, LLC. In the four years of serving Maryland residents as a Plaintiff attorney it has been my goal to provide honest, informed, and effective counsel for my clients. I look forward to continuing my Plaintiff practice in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Frederic L. Cook III, Esq
Born and raised in Baltimore, Fred Cook III attended Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, and graduated in 1990. Mr. Cook moved on to Gettysburg College, where he studied history and music, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Prior to going to law school some years later, Mr. Cook worked for several Baltimore area solo practitioners as a legal assistant in the personal injury and family law fields. In 1999, Mr. Cook took his career in a different, yet dynamic, direction when he began work in various behind-the-scenes full-time jobs in minor league baseball, initially with the Arkansas Travelers in Little Rock (at that time, a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate). By 2002, Mr. Cook held a position in the front office with the Carolina Mudcats, then an affiliate of the Florida Marlins, in Zebulon, North Carolina. He ran the ticket sales department and managed an in-season team of about 15 employees. It was during this experience – solving customer dilemmas on the spot, creating contract-like sales documents, managing people – that Mr. Cook fully realized his potential to become a successful attorney. By 2004, Mr. Cook had returned home to Baltimore and, shortly afterwards, matriculated to Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cook graduated from Widener Law in May, 2009 with a Juris Doctorate degree, and sat for and passed the Maryland bar exam that same year.
A mere two weeks later, Mr. Cook was in Court representing clients in domestic violence disputes. By mid-2012, Mr. Cook had successfully tried an adversary proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court, winning for his clients a six-figure Federal judgment against individuals who wrongly tried to use bankruptcy to avoid liability in a case involving fraud perpetrated on an elderly person.
Mr. Cook then met Mark Rollison, who graciously provided him with the opportunity to become a part of his law practice. There his practice blossomed, and he paved his way to his current position as it was during this time he became acquainted with Guy Craig. Mr. Cook has met with success in litigating many personal injury and property damage matters, from automobile accident cases and slip & falls, to sewage overflow/flood-related cases. Not only that, Mr. Cook has expanded his practice to include assisting landlords and tenants in resolving disputes, helping persons with gaining social security disability benefits, and with other general torts and contract disputes.
Mr. Cook lives in Bel Air, Maryland with his wife and three children. He is excited to be a part of The Law Office of Guy M. Craig, LLC, and looks forward to continuing to provide unsurpassed legal representation for clients throughout Maryland.
Mr. Cook represents clients for personal injury matters, primarily automobile accidents and slip & falls, in the District and Circuit Courts. Mr. Cook also continues to represent many clients in family law related cases as well as in general civil litigation matters, including landlord/tenant, contract disputes, unemployment appeals, wage & hour claims, social security disability, sewage/water overflows, etc.